Sunscreen

It is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. So, let’s make sure we wear sunscreen. Get outside, find something fun to do, and don’t be afraid to try something new outdoors.

I love this video, because it is very real. My favorite line comes at 1:43, “The race is long, and in the end, it is only with yourself.”

Be well my friends.

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Living Active with Mom

27 years of life slip away, we have come along way, and what else can I say, on this, my 27th Mother’s Day.

When learning to talk we all start with one, one word then another creating the sum. Our vocabulary shapes who we are, creates opportunity to take us far. But, what does the first word mean, or signify? Does it set us down a path with hopes to mystify?

I mean really, what was your first word? Dad, cat, rat, dog, toy, play, love, mom? Has that word been a focal point of your life, does it twist in your head with no end in sight? Who is to blame for our first slip of tongue? Who molded the lips and set up this one? We can blame the cosmos, a religion perhaps, but I think mine was whispered during naps. I can all but guarantee that my mom set my first word up for me. My first word has controlled my life, from my morning run to late at night. It steers my journey down a weaving and active road, from baseball to dancing it fits any mold. I can relate my word to many things in my life, but I have no proof that would really suffice. I wonder if my first word means anything at all, the word that steers my life to always have a ‘ball.’ Ball, that’s my word, short and sweet, playing catch and crawling now isn’t that neat? Ball was the word and boy have I had one, from dancing to running it sure has been fun!

I remember playing ball in the front yard with my mom. She would throw me pop-ups, grounders, and the fast-one. She would play and throw until her arm fell off, with only one rule to cut the game off. The rule was simple, three strikes you’re out, ball gets through the hedge 3 times, and she’s out. Back in the house and I’d wait until the next day, to try my chances with the ball we would play. I got really good, one of the best, she’d throw, I would catch and pass every test. But fatigue would set in and I would get lazy, bad hop through the hedge and I would go crazy! ‘No excuses’ she exclaimed with a cracked little smile, disappear into the house, but she’d be back in a while. That’s why she’s special; she never has quit, always back to help figure out life’s little tricks. That kind of passion spilled out into me and that’s why I try to be all I can be. Ball was the word that started my journey but fitness & activity keeps me yearning… for more from myself and the people I touch, to give all you got and never give up.

 

You Get Out What You Put In

An excuse will always be there. It’s waiting, hoping that you lift your foot off the gas pedal of life, just a little bit. The moment you stop pushing forward, that excuse is waiting to pull you backward. Breathe deep, push forward.

“Talent might take you so far, but if you don’t put in the work, talent will fail you eventually.”

-Richard Sherman

Stop Doing What You Are Currently Doing…kinda

Two reasons for posting this video:

Reason One: This quote, ‘give people your love, not your like’

Why: I have a joke with my buddies. I’ve been known to post a video or two on Facebook. Each time I do I inevitably get a text from one of my friends hinting that it won’t get any  ‘likes.’ I always reply, “My favorite posts are the ones that don’t get any ‘likes’ because then I know that someone saw it and went out of their way to not click the little thumbs up button.” Are those really my favorite posts? No, they aren’t, but I’m trying to spin a positive out of the situation.

Reason Two: It made me remember why I made this blog in the first place.

Why: LivingActive.me was originally created as the blog for the Physical Education Class I taught. I changed the class name form PE to LivingActive. My reason was simple. I taught Elementary PE and the vast majority of kids didn’t know what PE meant. But, they knew how to live active, case in point, I changed the name to LivingActive.

I created LivingActive.me because I knew that kids were going home and jumping on social media, regardless of age, and I wanted them to go home and exercise instead. So, I thought I would try to trick them into exercising. I thought that if I encouraged them to go home and check out LivingActive.me they would be more inclined to get up, get outside, and move after visiting the website… It worked! I had kids talking about the blog, and about what they did the night before. “I made my whole family walk to the park with me.” “I played fetch with my dog and tried to race him to his ball.”

In short, take the time to watch this amazing video below…but after you watch it, shut down your phone, tablet, or computer and interact with this wonderful world. Live active my friends!

You can do it…

The day is very young, and we have an opportunity that lies in front of us. I will tell you briefly what I’m doing with my opportunity and maybe you will be inspired to do something similar.

With my opportunity I relaxed on the couch and watched Meet the Press on TV. I don’t really watch that show, but I heard Will.i.am was on, and I wanted to check it out. He did a nice job. I turned the TV off and called in for a tee time. I’m golfing today and I’m excited. When I golf by myself I feel almost as free as when I’m wakeboarding…I’m in control. My emotions, my reactions, my takeaways, are all on me, and that makes me feel quite nice. Before golf I’m going to take a short bike ride to the top of a nearby hill and complete an AMRAP* workout. I will do this to get the blood pumpin’ and juices flowin’. That is what I’m doing with today’s opportunity.

Each day is an opportunity for growth. It’s up to us to decide if that growth will be negative or positive. Today, I’m positively choosing the latter.

*A workout where you complete a circuit 2 or more stations long (mine will be 4 stations long) and try to get As Many Reps As Possible. ie. 10 push-ups, 10 supermans, 20 crunches, 15 squats.

Actions are wonderful

I woke up and danced in the mirror. I trained teachers how to improve their physical education programs. I finished and played 2 on 2 with three high schoolers from the school I was working with. I worked out after the basketball game with two teachers. I worked with the varsity baseball team on some hitting drills and pointers. I went to the local community center to meet another teacher and did a Zumba class.
From 7:00am-7:30pm I was living active.

I feel incredible as I lay down for a good night’s rest.
I love living active.